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Jan 28, 2016

Israeli mining company discovers rare minerals near Haifa

Posted by in category: space

Interesting


(JNS.org) Shefa Yamim, an Israeli exploration and mining company, announced that it has discovered rare minerals near Israel’s port city of Haifa.

A report prepared by geologist William Griffin of Australia’s Macquarie University examined the mineral samples of corundum stones sent to him by Shefa Yamim, which found the stones in several sites in the Kishon River. The corundum stones contain a variety of rare minerals, including Moissanite and tistarite.

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Jan 28, 2016

Why investors are following Musk, Bezos in betting on the stars

Posted by in category: space

Mining in space — could there be gold on those planets and stars? Some investors believe there are or at least something as good as gold.


Investment firms, which typically have viewed space as far too risky, are suddenly courting the industry.

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Jan 28, 2016

How to Build a Starship — and Why We Should Start Thinking About It Now

Posted by in categories: alien life, chemistry, engineering, nanotechnology, space travel

With a growing number of Earth-like exoplanets discovered in recent years, it is becoming increasingly frustrating that we can’t visit them. After all, our knowledge of the planets in our own solar system would be pretty limited if it weren’t for the space probes we’d sent to explore them.

The problem is that even the nearest stars are a very long way away, and enormous engineering efforts will be required to reach them on timescales that are relevant to us. But with research in areas such as nuclear fusion and nanotechnology advancing rapidly, we may not be as far away from constructing small, fast interstellar space probes as we think.

There’s a lot at stake. If we ever found evidence suggesting that life might exist on a planet orbiting a nearby star, we would most likely need to go there to get definitive proof and learn more about its underlying biochemistry and evolutionary history. This would require transporting sophisticated scientific instruments across interstellar space.

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Jan 28, 2016

AI Benchmark Will ask Computers to Make Sense of the World

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience, robotics/AI

At this rate of making machines to behave and interact like humans; we may end up with a world with some really messed up robots.


A new database will gauge progress in artificial intelligence, as computers try to grasp what’s going on in scenes shown in photographs.

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Jan 28, 2016

Elon Musk to unveil Mars plans this year, wants to go to space by 2020 — By Eric Berger | Ars Technica

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space, space travel

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“Musk hopes to discuss the Mars plans in September at an international space meeting.”

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Jan 28, 2016

Politicians are so predictable, a robot can literally write their speeches

Posted by in categories: computing, robotics/AI

On a mire humerous note:
AI and particularly robots; can easily pick up on people’s patterns/ styles to the point where they can write your speeches and possibly develop your PowerPoint presentations. Procrastinators will no longer have to stress about pulling their slides together, interns will have more availability to work on projects, and politicians will sound like a pro with this robot.

BTW — the robot in this articile was so good at mimicking the politician; that the robot (just the politician) in the speech kept thanking everyone in the chamber after it yielded time back to the speaker. Maybe our politicians will start sending their robots to vote for them in the future.


Computer researchers have created programs that can do the job quite nicely, explains Brian Fung.

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Jan 28, 2016

When man’s best friend is a robot!

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Man’s best friend could eventually be a robot — could it happen?


Scientists at Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems Research, University of Lincoln, UK, have developed robots that can be companions for people.

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Jan 28, 2016

Palestinian university students design robot controlled by glove

Posted by in categories: computing, engineering, robotics/AI

A robot manipulated by a glove & it only cost them $150 USD.


Computer engineering students Mohammad Zyoud, Mohammad Atiyyeh and Suhaib Tawafsheh spent eight months working on the self-funded project which cost them around 150 USD.”

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Jan 28, 2016

This Robot Changes How It Looks at You to Match Your Personality

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Interesting article in how folks are trying to do more work on personalizing robots to people’s moods; etc.


How you look at a robot and how it looks at you can make you more comfortable.

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Jan 28, 2016

Post-transcriptional control of gene expression: mRNA decay

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, futurism

Could we actually start seeing some standards around CRISPR being proposed & implemented around CRISPR?


Bethesda, MD –This SRC will present the very latest developments in this field, with talks by leading international experts working with both prokaryotic and eukaryotic models. This unique blend from the two communities is always much appreciated by attendees of this meeting and one of its main highlights. The topics covered will include events occurring at both the 5’ and 3’ ends of mRNA related to decay, the links between translation, quality control and mRNA stability, and the relationship between RNA degradation and disease. Two full sessions will be devoted to mechanisms of sRNA, CRISPR RNA and miRNA regulation and how they pertain to mRNA stability. The meeting is traditionally of a very manageable size (typically about 120 attendees), providing unrestricted access to students and post-docs for dynamic discussions with more established scientists and potential future employers. Informal Meet the Expert sessions will be held over lunch, with assigned tables to selected speakers.

There will be a total of 9 very broad-ranging sessions over the 4 days, with 36 invited speakers at the top of their fields and two internationally renowned keynote speakers, Chris Lima and Jörg Vogel. Speakers are encouraged to present their most recent and unpublished data. There will be two poster sessions and 2–3 additional speakers per session will be chosen to give oral presentations, based on the submitted abstracts. This promises to be a very interesting and lively meeting in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. We hope to see you there!

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